Grey Butcherbird calls

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Subject: Grey Butcherbird calls
From: "Tom Wilson" <>
Date: Thu, 28 Oct 2004 22:18:04 +1000
Hi all
whilst my parents are staying, my wife and I have relocated to the sofa bed
in our sun room, which puts us next to our deck and the garden and the
morning chorus.  Yesterday morning (28 Oct), we had a Grey Butcherbird
singing right outside the windows leading onto the deck.  As well as the
"traditional" butcherbird flute like notes, between these phrases the bird
made an audible soft chirring/growling type sound.  None of my field guides
mention this - has anyone else ever heard this.  Funny that it isn't
mentioned in the guides, either as part of the song or as another call.

I presume it was a single bird - as I opened the curtains to peep out, there
was one bird that flew away and I didn't see any others.

Tom Wilson

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